All is Quiet (and Cold!) on the Iqaluit Front


Weather: -25c, gorgeous clear blue skies; bracing wind chill –35c

Frozen shore in Iqaluit. Photo by Eilis Quinn

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT – I got up and walked around Iqaluit this morning. It’s positively dead. Everyone from the conference has gone. It’s really sucked the life out of this place.

Today we spent the entire day out doing visuals of Iqaluit for Levon and my TV pieces.

It’s a beautiful day for shooting outside. Bright blue skies, clear strong light.

It’s the first day we’ve spent the entire time outside. By the end of the day, despite the winter gear, despite even the Gene Simmons-like, guaranteed-to –100c Sorel winter boots, I can’t feel my feet… at all.

By the time we get back to the hotel in the evening, my feet are a ghostly white. It takes me about 30 minutes to stomp the colour back into them.
Eye on the Arctic team out shooting in Iqaluit Saturday morning. Photo by Eilis Quinn

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project.

Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)

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